High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! Zachary Douglas "Zach" Filkins (born September 15, 1978) is an American musician and model, but as of 2007 he is best known as the lead guitarist of the pop rock band OneRepublic.A Significant part of Filkins's childhood was spent intensely studying classical guitar in Barcelona, Spain. FIlkins attended Colorado Springs Christian High School in Colorado Springs, Colorado and played for the high school soccer team. THere he met and became friends with bandmate Ryan Tedder during their senior year. DUring a drive home, as Filkins and Tedder were discussing about their favorite musicians, they decided to put together a band. THe two along with a few others played as 'This Beautiful Mess'.